Friday: Movie Review

Stephy Says ๐Ÿ’‹ if you follow me then you know that movies is not my thing & thereโ€™s a plethora of movies that I have not seen.

But there may be a glimmer of hope. A couple of years ago, I want to say 2018 (donโ€™t quote me on that), but I finally sat down & watched the classic movie Friday.

In case you may be in the same boat as me or hiding under a rock like I was until recently & have not seen the movie, I’ll give you a simple synopsis, movie deets, & backstory.

Friday was released on April 26, 1995 & directed by F. Gary Gray. It’s listed rating is rated R for adult language, violence (๏ฟผ๏ฟผ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™„ there’s no real violence), drug use (weed, bud, THC, Mary Jane, marijuana, sativa, loud, etc), & guns/slight sexual innuendos. So basically, hide ya kids, hide ya wife.

The movie is placed in the comedy/drama genre (I’ll tell you how I feel about that later). Its release had a quite impressive profit as it reached 27.5 million dollars in the box office. Length wise, Friday is less than 2 hours long so if you have time to watch Harry Potter, you probably could have watched Friday twice by the time HP was over.

Movie overview:

Basically, it’s Friday & Craig (Ice Cube) got fired for “stealing” on candid camera. His best friend Smokey has a habit he can’t support. He owes the local “drug dealer” (Big Worm) money that he doesn’t have & drags Craig into his bum behaviors, incriminating Craig & risking both of their lives. That’s his broke best friend right? No judgement here. The way I see it is we all have had a broke best friend & if you haven’t HAD the broke best friend then YOU are the broke best friend lol (I digress).

Did I mention that the rent is due & Craig doesn’t have the money for that either? Plus he is trying to peep at shorty ’round the way but his girlfriend is aggy & cockblocking & the crackhead is begging. His daddy is pressuring him to catch dogs while blowing up with bathroom & going through a can of bathroom spray. As if this isn’t enough, Craig & Smokey found out that Janet Jackson doesn’t look nothing like she used to. Deebo is blacking eyes. Big Worm’s employees spraying bullets. The pastor is sexing & flexing with Mrs. Parker; and add a little skinning, grinning, & sinning on top of that. Craig (a N**gaz with Attitude) finally decided he wasn’t going to keep running (he was straight outta Compton). He had big balls & fought Deebo. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the do & Deebo got knocked tf out.

All of this on Friday. How you get fired on your day off?

Cast overview:

The movie had quite a few legends & well known & well loved actors in it such as John Witherspoon, Ice Cube, & Chris Tucker to name a few. Here’s a more extensive list of some of the cast & characters:

*disclaimer: this is not the entire cast* (RIP Deebo [Lister] & Witherspoon)

Famous quotes:

Here’s a few quotes you may have heard or even said yourself:

“You got knocked tf out!” -Smokey
I got mind control over Deebo. He be like “stfu”. I be quiet. But when he leave, I be talking again.” -Smokey
“Y’all ain’t never got two things that match. Either y’all got Kool-aid, no sugar. Peanut butter, no jelly. Ham, no burger...” -Smokey
“Lord have mercy! The Lord is my Shepherd, & He knows what I want!” -Pastor Clever

Hereโ€™s my honest review:

Donโ€™t revoke my black card but, I was not impressed. To be quite frank, I was not entertained nor was I amused. I donโ€™t recall laughing but maybe once throughout the entire movie. Perhaps, my humor is dry compared to others because a few things must have flown over my head. I guess it was just dumb humor, but I was told, that was the point of the movie. I don’t know if the movie really had a point or if I just missed it altogether.

It came across as a stoner movie & I absolutely cannot relate. For everyone that told me you watch it, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I am highly disappointed. I would not watch it anymore. It didn’t hold my attention, & I found myself becoming occupied doing other things. It’s just not my taste in movies. I love a good comedy & a gut wrenching laugh, but I just didn’t get that with this movie. I’m Ice hard some say it’s better when you’re high๏ฟผ. If that’s the case, that movie is as good as it’s going to get for me. I’m in a no smoking zone.

I would rate it a one or two star overall.

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The movie quality was low, but in my opinion, the low quality made it more relatable & realistic. The characters were casted with each role in mind & I believe the cast embodied their characters. There was just a disconnect for me…

I know, I know.

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At least I can partake in the “yeen gotta lie Craig” & “bye Felicia” conversation now. That should count for something right? Or am I completely banished from the black community? Can I at least still come to the cookouts?

Apparently, I am one of the very few that feels this way because IMDb ranked it 7.3/10. Rotten tomatoes gave the movie 78% while the audience score was 91%. It must have been better than I thought because there were sequels : Next Friday, Friday After Next, & Last Friday. The 1st was a dub for me sooo with that being said, don’t count on me to watch the other Friday movies. I’ll pass…kinda like Craig & Smokey did that joint.

Stephy Says ๐Ÿ’‹, clearly I don’t know nothing about movies lol

What I do know is, “You win some, you lose some. But you live, you live to fight another day.”

Stephy Says ๐Ÿ’‹, “I’m through with this ๐Ÿ’ฉI was just ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ’ฉ‘! And you know this, man!!!”


Published by Stephy Says ๐Ÿ’‹

Published authoress, certified blogger, & certified Master Life Coach with niches in Happiness, Goal Success, Personal Development, & Professional Development. Lover of words, writing, reading, & English.ย 

2 thoughts on “Friday: Movie Review

  1. Lol I appreciate your honesty. Even though Friday is still one of my favorites, I can definitely see why it wouldn’t appeal to everyone given the type of humor, passing of time, etc. I wouldn’t regard it as a stoner movie, but definitely more on the silly comedy side. I feel that, for its time, the premise of Friday was real enough for its target audience to relate while also being light-hearted enough for the same target audience to enjoy. And, if we’re being honest, Black people still don’t get enough light-hearted films.

    Friday is definitely far from being Oscar worthy, but I think its relatability and its star-studded cast (including a budding Chris Tucker in his break out acting role as well as veteran comedians like John Witherspoon and Bernie Mac) are the things that make the film most memorable for the community. I also enjoy films that fit its premise into a short time frame (Spike Lee’s ‘Do the Right Thing’ also has a plot in which the timeline is 24 hours so I’d recommend that if you haven’t seen it).

    It would honestly be so fun if you did this as a series ^_^ Even if feelings do get hurt it’s nice to see an objective view point for the ‘hood classics’ lol.



    1. Thank you for your feedback. I am quite surprised that this is one of your favorite movies lol thatโ€™s a shocker for me! I thought we would be along the same line of favorite movies (for me itโ€™s Alice In Wonderland). Overall, Friday was a decent movie & I agree with the comment referring to a light hearted black classic movie. Chris Tuckerโ€™s ability to work alongside Bernie Mac & John Witherspoon was momentous in his career. Itโ€™s a ton of movies I havenโ€™t seen & Ive promised a few followers that I would watch & write reviews.

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